February Convention 2016Manifesto"Uniting Diversity"IntroductionThe European Progressive Alliance is a caucus of progressive, democratic and pro-European partisans. We believe in universal equality and freedom. We champion human rights and hold the tenant of democracy dear. We believe that social justice, social cohesion and the protection from authoritarianism will be key to building a fair and prosperous future.We believe in free market values and promote trade liberalisation. We advocate for market integration and economic cohesion. We believe that an integrated and competitive economic system, along with a sustainable environment, will be vital in establishing successful and thriving economies.Above all, we believe that the European Union is the best political institution for implementing our principles. We recognise that a growing number of issues are facing all of Europe, from matters of environmental degradation to the threats of human liberty, and we believe that the European Union is best suited to address these problems. We believe in a strong European Union, and we believe in one that can produce practical and sensible solutions. We believe that Europe is weak when it is divided, but is strong when it comes together. The European Union is united by its diversity, and we aim to unite its diversity for common causes.Policy - IdeologicalWe support the equality of all persons before the law, regardless of their race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, colour, ethnicity, religion, disability, or other characteristics, without privilege, discrimination, or bias.We support the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and all of the rights and freedoms it pertains. We believe the Declaration should be further expanded to include more rights, such as the universal right to equal marriage. We believe that these rights should not only be outlined, but should also be fully guaranteed and protected.We support the cooperation and collaboration of people and communities, and respect any differences within them. We support principles based upon social cohesion and multiculturalism. We believe that we must protect and safeguard minority identities and diversity.We support democratic political decision-making and believe that political power must be decentralized into the hands of the people. We believe the people must choose their representatives.We support the freedom to life and liberty, and we believe that this includes a life free from authoritarianism, arbitrary surveillance and cruel punishment.We support technological innovations and believe that technology should be used to better society. We believe that better access to technology should be encouraged, and that access must be treated equal. We support “net neutrality”. We believe and recognise that humans have contributed to Global Warming and the environmental destruction of Earth, and we support initiatives for a more sustainable and cleaner future.Policy – Economic We support free market economics and the freedom for individuals to pursue their own wealth.We support trade liberalisation and the reduction of trade barriers. We oppose regulations that interfere with market competence. We support greater economic integration and greater market standardizations.We believe that everyone deserves an opportunity to participate in an economy, and that all workers should have protected rights. We support economic environments that are compassionate and charitable.We support the right to private property, and the ability for individuals to patent inventions and ideas.Policy – InstitutionalWe support the cooperation and collaboration of European states, and we believe that division makes Europe weaker.We believe that many issues are occurring at a European-wide scale, and we believe that this requires increased decision-making at a supranational level, and we believe that the European Union is required to address these issues.We support the government of the European Union. We believe that the legislative and executive bodies of the European Union require substantial decision-making capabilities and powers in order to accomplish its goals.We support the institutions of the European Union, and we believe they should be effective and well-funded. We believe that many regional issues should be addressed through institutions, and that these institutions should be used to encourage and champion peace, cohesion, democracy and the rule of law. We support the European Court of Justice, and we believe that it should do more to enforce the Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.We believe the institutions and government of the European Union should be more democratically accountable and accessible. We believe that the European Union should make strides to foster integration and cooperation in fields such as healthcare, education and transportation. We support the enlargement of the European Union and believe that as many states as possible should be inducted. We support the fair treatment of all European Member states and believe each state must be treated equally.We believe that the European Union should be officially neutral and pacifist.Caucus StructureThe caucus will be made up of full members and associate members.All full members will have equal rights in deciding on caucus policy and in choosing a Chairman to lead the caucus executive. All caucus policy decisions and Chairman Elections will be made through democratic processes, in which each full member gets to cast a single vote. All decisions will be made by the largest plurality. Associate members do not get to vote.The caucus executive will consist of the Chairman, the Spokesperson, the Secretary and the Treasurer.The Chairman of the caucus will be elected after they secure a plurality of votes through an official democratic process. Only full members may nominate themselves for Chairmanship, and they will not face any term limits. Terms will last for a whole calendar year. The Chairman will be responsible for appointing the other members of the executive, as well serving as the official head of the caucus.The Spokesperson will serve as the official speaker of the caucus, and will organize its external communications.The Secretary will organize and schedule meetings and gatherings for the caucus.The Treasurer will manage the caucus funds, and will organize caucus fundraising events. Any Councillor may apply to join the caucus and become a full member. Applicant Councillors only need the approval of one of the executive members in order to be accepted as full members. The Chairman may veto approvals.Any non-Councillors may request associate membership, and only require the approval of one of the executive members. Associate members automatically become full members when they become Councillors. The Chairman may veto approvals.
I would like to thank Cllr Maverick for his vote of Confidence.After long deliberation, I am making the following appointments to the Caucus Executive.Spokesperson & Secretary - Cllr Julian MaverickTreasurer - Cllr Edward Firoux
Thank you for those final remarks, Councillors. I also thank you for participating in tonight's discussion, and for sharing your vision for our caucus' future. I am confident in the future leadership of the EPA.Finally, I'd also like to thank those at home for watching this discussion tonight. If there is one thing that I know I can speak on behalf of my fellow Councillors, it's that we do what we do in Europolis for all of you. Continued faith in the EPA and in a stronger, more united Europe, keeps us truly going. Thank for for tuning in... and good night!
Candidate name: Julian Maverick
Home Nation: Federal Republic of Derecta
National Party Affiliation: Derectan Popular Alliance
Biography: Julian Maverick (born 21 February 1985) is a Derectan politician of the DPA. He has been Secretary of State for Scientific Development in the since 2014.
Maverick started his career in the Popular Youth League in Laodacia (Sumanem) in 2006. He was a member of the national executive board of the youth league from 2007 to 2011 and national chairman from 2011 until being appointed Secretary of State in 2014.
One of his key proposals as Secretary of State has been the government funding of bio-engineering, which has become one of Derecta's greatest industries over the past years.
Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister of Australia, Affiliate Member of the European Progressive Alliance"4 terms as Premier Commissioner. One year's worth of service to Europe. Let's remark on the achievements that Anja Emerett, Eilidh Whiteford, and Eric Hitchens have accomplished."They have brought about real reform to make the European Commission not a body stuck in the past but one that looks forward to the future. A body that is engaging with Europe, looking to constantly improve Europe. A progressive vision of prosperity for all Europeans. That is the record of our three Commission candidates, and I know they will continue to work well in Europolis."It's more than just the Commission team though. It's all of us in this room. Councillors, heads of government, activists all working together to produce this change. This is a movement that will find more roots in every nation in Europe because at the heart of it is a passion. A passion for delivering an equality of opportunity for all persons in Europe, regardless of where they live. From the outback of Australia to the gilded streets of St. Dominico; from the sleepy lanes of Kent to the bustling cosmopolitan entity of Telum. Each one of us plays a crucial role in advancing the cause of European progressivism. "It begins with reaching out and reaching up. The key to any movement and real, lasting change is engaging as many people as possible and inviting them to join us in our journey. As the Prime Minister of Australia, I am given the unique opportunity to be in the driving seat of a nation that was founded on the principles of the 'fair go', where everyone in Australia has a shot based on their merit, not postcode or bank account. It reflects in our foreign policy, where we engage each of our European colleagues in a way that keeps the fair go at the heart of our negotiations. It's in our Parliament, where the Australian Progressive Alliance fights every day for families and individuals across Australia. "A commitment to real change, real progress and a real, sustainable future for all. That is what the EPA should be marching towards, proudly, when we engage with institutions every day. It begins in Europolis, but it must spread. We must take the ideas of progressivism and extend them to communities. Engage with national governments, work with local parties with affiliate members to win elections, but more importantly...we must continue to follow what is right and what is just. "We can remember the words of the great Australian Prime Minister, Ben Chiffley: you have to be clear about what you believe in, popular or unpopular, and fight for what you believe in. And let me tell you, I will fight for what I believe in every step of the way. I believe in an EU that works together to tackle climate change in a serious manner. I believe in an EU that will transform economies so that everyone gets a share of the pie. I believe in an EU that works in the interest of the people and for the people. I believe in an EU that comes together, not fracture and war with each other. I believe in an EU institution that has a public investment and development bank, that can help families across Europe buy their first home or get that tech start-up the money it needs to bring about the next great innovation. I believe in an EU that continues to fight for all people to be viewed equally in the eyes of the law, and treated by the content of their character. "Together, we can fight for that Union. Together, we can achieve our dreams. Thank you."
We thank you for supporting our team. Thanks to you, not only were all three EPA candidates elected to office, but they also secured both a majority and the Premiership in the newly elected Commission. Congratulations to Premier Commissioner Emerett, Commissioner Ericsson and Commissioner Dawson! We wish you the best.
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